To the amazement of my OS and PT, both my knee injuries had prolonged swelling. Each injury had me fighting swelling, even to the point of getting my knees drained several times each. The OS told me that typically his patients would get the swelling down, have the surgery and the swelling wouldn't come back. With me, it comes back and I end up dealing with it for months on end post surgery.
My left knee still swells now and agian and the surgery was in July of '08. I'm currently over 2 months post ACL reconstruction of my right knee and the only thing preventing me from walking perfectly is the swelling. With the left knee I went from July to November before the swelling was gone enough for me to get my leg completely strainght. This time around it isn't as bad but it is still there. Just enough to keep me from extending my leg while walking; I'm about 2-3 degrees shy.
I've always thought of swelling, at least in the joint, as natures splint. Most times our bodies do something to aid in healing. The swelling seems to be slowing me down. Maybe I'm interpreting it wrong but why else would the swelling still be there? I try to not take pain killer because masking pain can cause you to make something worse.
By fighting the swelling, am I masking something? The OS said the surgery was hugely sucessful and PT says I'm doing great!
Any ideas or thoughts on the matter?